Saturday, June 11, 2022 11:30 PM Local Time
Denis Nesterenko Wins 2022 WSOP Event #20: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw ($108,250)
Event #20: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw at the 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas attracted 350 runners, generating a prize pool of $467,250. On Saturday, June 11th, just nine players returned for the third and final day of the tournament with all eyes on the $108,250 prize and the WSOP gold bracelet due to the eventual winner.
After just over eight hours of play, Denis Nesterenko of Moscow, Russia bested the Day 2 chipleader Von Altizer in heads-up play to record the largest cash of his career.
"I'm very happy", said a visibly emotional Nesterenko on the victory.
This was Nesterenko's second-ever WSOP tournament entry and first cash. A cash that in itself dwarfs his entire lifetime earnings of $35,201.
2022 WSOP Event #20: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Final Table Resuts
|2||Von Altizer||United States||$66,910|
|3||Evan Sayer||United States||$44,347|
|4||Hieu Luu||United States||$30,107|
|6||Benny Glaser||United Kingdom||$14,947|
|7||Peter Lynn||United States||$10,945|
Coming into Day 3, the tournament was two eliminations away from the official seven-handed final table. The two players unfortunate enough to fall just short of the final table were James Maguire (9th-$8,230) and Kenny Hsiung (8th-$8,230).
Final Table Action
Last year's runner-up in this event and the shortest stack coming into Day 3, Peter Lynn, was the first to fall at the final table; his king-high bested by Yufei Zhong's eight-seven. Next to go was four-time bracelet winner and mixed game specialist Benny Glaser, again at the hands of a rampant Zhong, with Glaser's made eight-seven falling to Zhong's drawn seven-six.
Five-handed play continued for some time before Zhong, who came into the day second in chips, was ousted by Nesterenko's nine-eight. Play slowed down again after that until eventually Hieu Luu, riding the short stack since Day 2, paired up on the last draw when at risk against Nesterenko.
Not long after that Evan Sayer headed to the exits in third when his ten-eight was pipped by Altizer's nine-eight, setting up a heads-up battle between Altizer and Nesterenko.
Nesterenko began heads-up play with a slight chip advantage, a lead he never lost. Altizer was down to her last card twice, and Nesterenko could not seal the deal.
Eventually, the end came when Altizer's eight-five was not good enough to beat Nesterenko's seven-six.
Though Altizer, who finished seventh in a similar version of this event back at the 2012 WSOP, will undoubtedly be disappointed, her runner-up finish worth $66,910 does secure the largest cash of her career. Meanwhile, Nesterenko gets to join the elite club of poker players with a WSOP gold bracelet.
Congratulations to Denis Nesterenko on winning Event #20: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw!
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:37 PM Local Time
Von Altizer Eliminated in 2nd Place ($66,910)
It was all in before the draws as Von Altizer was short stacked. If Denis Nesterenko won the hand he would win the bracelet and the tournament. Both players patted down the whole way. Altizer declared but she would be eliminated as she couldn't beat Nesterenko's . Stay tuned for a full tournament recap.
|Denis Nesterenko||8,750,000||1,000,000 |
|Von Altizer||0||-1,000,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:25 PM Local Time
Altizer Finds a Double
Von Altizer raised from the button and Denis Nesterenko three-bet. Altizer fired back with a four-bet only to see Nesterenko come back over the top. Altizer counted out her last few chips before tossing them into the middle for a total of 600,000. Nesterenko called put in the extra 120,000 and Atlizer was officially at risk.
Both players stood pat all the way and Nesterenko turned over nine-eight. It was not good enough to end the tournament, however, as Altizer flipped over .
|Denis Nesterenko||7,750,000||50,000 |
|Von Altizer||1,000,000||-75,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 10:14 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
|Denis Nesterenko||7,700,000||200,000 |
|Von Altizer||1,075,000||-175,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 9:57 PM Local Time
Nesterenko Gets Value with Wheel
Denis Nesterenko raised from the button and Von Altizer called in the big blind. Altizer drew two while Nesterenko drew one.
Altizer check-raised Nesterenko's bet. The Russian called as both drew one.
Altizer check-called Nesterenko's bet again. Altizer was still drawing and chose to draw one while Nesterenko stayed pat.
Nesterenko bet when checked to and Altizer called. Nesterenko showed for the wheel to move him heavily into the chip lead.
|Denis Nesterenko||7,500,000||2,000,000 |
|Von Altizer||1,250,000||-2,000,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 9:48 PM Local Time
Eight-Six Good for Nesterenko
Von Altizer raised from the button and was three-bet by Denis Nesterenko out of the big blind. Altizer made the call.
Nesterenko drew one on the initial draw while Altizer took two. Altizer then called a bet from Nesterenko.
On the second draw Nesterenko stood pat and Altizer took one card. Action then went bet-call to send the players to the third draw.
The final draw saw Nesterenko again stand pat and Altizer draw one. Nesterenko bet for a third time and Altizer quickly called. "Eight-six", announced the Russian as he turned over . Altizer mucked to send the pot the chipleader's way.
|Denis Nesterenko||5,500,000||440,000 |
|Von Altizer||3,250,000||-440,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 9:39 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Saturday, June 11, 2022 8:44 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
|Denis Nesterenko||5,060,000||-440,000 |
|Von Altizer||3,690,000||440,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 8:40 PM Local Time
The players will be going on a one hour dinner break. Play will resume at 9:40 local time where a new bracelet winner will be crowned.
Saturday, June 11, 2022 8:21 PM Local Time
Evan Sayer Eliminated in 3rd Place ($44,347)
Action folded to Von Altizer in the small blind who raised. Evan Sayer three-bet all in from the big blind and Altizer called to put him at risk.
Altizer stood pat on the first draw while Sayer took three cards. On the second draw, Altizer again stood pat and this time Sayer drew one. The same drawing pattern was repeated on the third and final draw and Altizer flipped over . Sayer tabled and would need to catch a three, six, eight or nine. Unfortunately for him the final card was a and Sayer headed to the rail in 3rd place, an impressive run that sees him bank $44,347.
|Denis Nesterenko||5,500,000||-100,000 |
|Von Altizer||3,250,000||950,000 |
|Evan Sayer||0||-800,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 8:09 PM Local Time
Nesterenko in Dominant Position
Evan Sayer raised in the small blind and was called by Denis Nesterenko in the big blind. Both players drew two and action checked through.
Both drew two again and Nesterenko called Sayer's bet. Sayer drew one while Nesterenko stood pat.
It went check-check and Sayer announced he had a ten. Nesterenko showed to win and move into a dominant chip lead.
|Denis Nesterenko||5,600,000||2,000,000 |
|Von Altizer||2,300,000||-600,000 |
|Evan Sayer||800,000||-800,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:44 PM Local Time
Nesterenko Takes the Chip Lead
Denis Nesterenko raised from the small blind and was three bet by Von Altizer. Nesterenko called and drew two while Altizer stood pat.
Nesterenko check-called Altizer's bet and drew one. Altizer stood pat again.
Nesterenko check-raised Altizer's bet and Altizer called. Both now stood pat.
Altizer called Nesterenko's bet and the Russian showed to take the chip lead.
|Denis Nesterenko||3,600,000||800,000 |
|Von Altizer||2,900,000||-700,000 |
|Evan Sayer||1,600,000||-150,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:40 PM Local Time
Level 31 started
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:35 PM Local Time
Wheel Versus Wheel
Evan Sayer in the small blind and Von Altziner on the button were the only two players left after the third draw.
Sayer led into Altziner who responded with a raise. Far from discouraging Sayer, he came back over the top with a re-raise. Altziner then re-popped that bet and Sayer again came back over the top.
At this point, Altziner wanted to up the stakes even more but was informed by the dealer that, when only two players are left in a hand, action is capped at five bets. As a result, Altziner called and showed down for the wheel and Sayer, laughing, flipped over a wheel of his own to chop up the pot.
|Von Altizer||3,600,000||-950,000 |
|Evan Sayer||1,750,000||0 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:28 PM Local Time
Hieu Luu Eliminated in 4th Place ($30,107)
Denis Nesterenko raised from the button and was called by Hieu Luu. Both drew two. Luu check-called Nesterenko's bet. Luu drew two while Nesterenko drew one. Again Luu called the Russian's bet.
Both drew one and Nesterenko bet a third time. Luu called but mucked his hand as he couldn't beat Nesterenko's . The hand left Luu with less than one blind.
Luu doubled but was eliminated by Nesterenko as he Luu paired his five when all-in with which couldn't beat the Russians . Luu walked away in 4th place with $30,107 extra in his pocket.
|Denis Nesterenko||2,800,000||-20,700,000 |
|Hieu Luu||0||-1,500,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:20 PM Local Time
Sayer Gets Paid Off
Evan Sayer raised from the button and was called by Denis Nesterenko in the small blind. Von Altziner then squeezed out of the big blind and received calls from the other two players.
Each player took two cards on the initial draw after which both Nesterenko and Altziner checked. Sayer bet and was met by a raise from Nesterenko. Altziner got out of the way to send the action back to Sayer who responded with a re-raise. Nesterenko did not re-open the action but simply called.
On the second draw both players stood pat. Nesterenko then checked to Sayer, who fired off another bet. Nesterenko made the call.
The final draw saw no new cards taken and once again Nesterenko checked to Sayer. Not prepared to go to a cheap showdown just yet, Sayer bet. Nesterenko did not appear happy but tossed in calling chips anyway. Sayer showed for number two and Nesterenko mucked.
|Denis Nesterenko||23,500,000||21,150,000 |
|Evan Sayer||1,750,000||1,250,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:08 PM Local Time
Nesterenko's Number 1 beats Altizer's Number 3
Denis Nesterenko raised from the button and was called by Von Altizer in the small blind. Both drew two.
Altizer led out and Nesterenko called. Both drew one.
Altizer bet again and Nesterenko made the call. Altizer stood pat while Nesterenko drew one.
Altizer bet a third time but this time was raised by Nesterenko. Altizer called but her Number 3 was no match for Nesterenko's Number 1 .
|Von Altizer||4,550,000||-50,000 |
|Denis Nesterenko||2,350,000||650,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:00 PM Local Time
Altizer Exerts Pressure
Evan Sayer opened from the button and action folded to Von Altizer in the big blind who chose to three-bet. Sayer made the call to send the two players heads-up to the initial draw.
Altizer drew one card to Sayer's two and followed that up with a bet. Sayer opted to flat.
The second draw saw Altizer stand pat and Sayer take one. Altizer wasted no time before firing off another bet. Sayer counted out his stack as he thought about his decision. Seeming somewhat frustrated, Sayer eventually let go of his hand, asking his opponent, "One time, wanna show me one time?"
Altizer declined as she added more chips to her stack.
|Von Altizer||4,600,000||-550,000 |
|Evan Sayer||500,000||0 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 6:52 PM Local Time
Luu Chips Up with Wheel
Hieu Luu raised from the cutoff and was called by chip leader Von Altizer in the big blind. Both players opted to draw two.
Action checked through after the first draw. Luu drew one while Altizer drew two.
Altizer check-called Luu's bet. Luu stood pat while Altizer drew one.
Luu put in the bet and Altizer counted out calling chips before sliding them into the middle. However she would not win the hand as Luu showed the wheel .
|Von Altizer||5,150,000||-450,000 |
|Hieu Luu||1,500,000||600,000 |
Saturday, June 11, 2022 6:40 PM Local Time
Level 30 started